A home renovation project can be an expensive and time consuming process, and working with the team who are doing the work is going to have a big influence on how smoothly that project runs, so here are some tips.

1. Decide what you want

Start by making lists of what you like and don't like in your home. Decide what are the 'must haves' and the 'nice to haves'. Think about how you use each room and what features are needed to do it. This is crucial to be able to work out how much it's going to cost you.  And changing your mind after the project starts can be a costly exercise.

2. Organise your finance

A construction loan is a common way to finance major renovations. But if you already own a home and have plenty of equity, you may find that a regular home loan suits you better. You may need to get a valuation done to estimate how much your home will be worth once the renovation is complete. There are several options for financing your project so talk to your bank or mortgage broker about which one will suit you better.

3. Have a contingency budget

It is common to spend more on your renovations than originally planned as unexpected delays, issues or opportunities arise. If you plan for about a 10% 'buffer' from the beginning it won't be as stressful as it could be if you have to find the money by sacrificing something from somewhere else in your project.

4. Be prepared for disruption

Workers in your home with the associated, noise, distraction, dust and inconvenience are often unavoidable. Prepare yourself and your family for the process of renovation. Make your home accessible to workers, and take time to understand their schedules. You may want to plan a holiday or day trips away from home to avoid the worst of the disruptions.

5. Communicate

Don't assume anything about the project – ask questions, studying plans and drawings and confirm any details with your contractor. Be easily accessible so your team can make fast, smart decisions as the need arises. Be open to discussing alternative options and solutions to problems as they arise

6. Hire a Good Builder

See our tips on how to choose a good builder

7. Have a contract

What is the start and finish date to this project? Are there provisions for extended completion dates, payment schedules and material specifications? Who buys what and who does what? The contract should specify what is to be paid at certain stages of the project You will probably be asked for a deposit to cover initial material costs.

8. Cover yourself

Before knocking out any walls, check with your insurance company that your house and contents policy covers you during renovations.

And if you’re not getting a building consent, make sure the work you’re doing will be insured.

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